Flooding is one of the primary hazards faced by Mecklenburg county. Part of what makes flooding so dangerous is that it's unpredictable. Charlotte-Mecklenburg is more prone to flash flooding than may U.S. cities because of our climate and the lay of our land. During the same storm, rainfall amounts can vary widely in different parts of town. That makes it very difficulty to predict where it will flood or how bad the flood will be.
Citizens can help with flood awareness and preparedness through a new program called ARK which promotes Awareness, Responsibility , and Knowledge among all citizens to help save lives and property.
There are also online resources that allow you to check to see if your property lies in a designated floodplain. The State of North Carolina systems is called the North Carolina Floodplain Mapping Information Systems. Charlotte-Mecklenburg Storm Water Services also provides an online resource - a 3D Floodplain Mapping System that will provide property boundaries and 3D Views for Mecklenburg County. This system is available online at 3D Interactive Floodplain Map.